Flowering houseplants add a layer of enjoyment, bringing color and maybe even scent into your decor. While they may seem fancy, some can survive with only basic attention. Try your hand at brightening your home with these eight flowering houseplants that will thrive with minimal care.
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African violets are one of the most popular houseplants, for good reason. They are favorites because they don't require a dormant rest period, so they can keep blooming year-round. You can find varieties with flowers in shades of purple, white, and red.
Although they don't require a lot of maintenance, they do best in a container with a water reservoir that allows the water to seep into the soil from the bottom of the container. African violet leaves will spot and turn brown if you get... cold water on them.
While African violets are not demanding plants, they can have the habit of flourishing for years and then dying without warning.
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You may be used to growing begonias outdoors, but many varieties make excellent houseplants, blooming almost continuously in good conditions. Some of the fancier-leaved Rex begonia varieties don't even need to be in bloom to be colorful. Besides Rex begonias, look for the fibrous rooted types like wax-leafed, angel-wing, and hairy-leafed varieties.
To bloom well they will need a bright location, but don't place them too close to a window or they could be harmed by the draft.
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These quirky-looking plants are members of the pineapple family. Luckily, most don't get quite a large as pineapple trees, so they make excellent potted houseplants.
Cheery and tropical, Bromeliads do well in bright light situations. They don't require a lot of water, but when you do water them, let it catch between the leaves, where it will be absorbed slowly.
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Chenille Plant (Acalypha hispida)
Both chenille and red-hot cattail are apt descriptions for this tropical plant. Few people can resist rubbing the dangling fuzzy, red flowers. Chenille plant is a fast grower and a long bloomer.
You can grow Chenille plant outdoors, during the summer, and bring it indoors when the temperatures cool in fall. It will go partially dormant in winter, so don't feed it until you see new growth, in the spring. Chenille plant needs high humidity to thrive. Mist it, when it is indoors, to keep it... healthy.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi)
Christmas cactus seems to thrive on neglect. They don't even need you to manipulate their light exposure to set buds for Christmas blooms. They are especially long-lived and propagate easily from cuttings.
They like bright, direct light and do well when hung near a window. Don't let the pads touch a cold window or the plant can suffer cold damage. Although Christmas cactus needs well-draining soil, they also need high humidity. Mist them frequently, throughout the winter.
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Clivia or Kaffir Lily (Clivia Miniata)
This amaryllis relative is also grown from a bulb and like it's cousin, needs to be potbound to flower, so don't plant it in a large container.
Like the amaryllis, clivia go through a dormant period before sending up a flower stalk. They'll need total darkness at night when they go dormant in late fall. Accomplish this by placing them in an unused closet or into a cardboard box.
The stalk will sprout anytime from December through April and normal care can be resumed. Flowers are... usually some shade of yellow or orange.
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Many succulents make easy care houseplants, but few look as lovely as kalanchoe. As will all succulents, kalanchoe do not like to sit in wet soil. Water them whenever the soil feels dry about 1 inch below the surface and let any excess water drain. Mist them frequently, to keep the leaves succulent.
A downside to growing kalanchoe is that they are usually sold while they are in flower and, outside of their native range, it can be very hard to get them to flower again.
By the way, the preferred... pronunciation is kal-un-KOH-ee, but they look beautiful no matter how you say it.
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Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum floribundum)
The Peace lily is so low-maintenance that it is a great houseplant for the houseplant challenged. That is probably why it is so popular as a housewarming gift. They don't require much direct light and can handle an occasional over or under watering.
The glossy, dark green leaves are offset by white spathes or bracts that enclosing the tiny flower clusters and look almost like variegated leaves. The flowers are lightly scented, but you have to get very close to notice it. It will even flower... in the shadiest of homes.